Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood by Michele Goodwin 110703017X 9781107030176
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Policing the Womb brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies. Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly turn to criminalizing women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threatening the health of their pregnancies. The horrific results include women giving birth while shackled in leg irons, in solitary confinement, and even delivering in prison toilets. In some states, pregnancy has become a bargaining chip with prosecutors offering reduced sentences in exchange for women agreeing to be sterilized. The author shows how prosecutors may abuse laws and infringe womens rights in the process, sometimes with the complicity of medical providers who disclose private patient information to law enforcement. Often the women most affected are poor and of color. This timely book brings to light how the unrestrained efforts to punish and police womens bodies have led to the United States being the deadliest country in the developed world to be pregnant.

Author: Michele Goodwin

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 334

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2020-03-12


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